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Want to support sustainable ag? Serve as a federal grant reviewer.

February 22, 2010

NSAC advocates for federal grant programs that provide resources for farmers, researchers, and grassroots organizations to get things done on the ground. But once a program is established, money is secure, and applications are in, there’s still at least one more step before policy can translate to action.

Someone has to decide which projects to fund.

Grant reviewers help decide who receives USDA competitive grants. As requests for applications are made available throughout the year, USDA recruits members of the public with subject expertise to serve on panels to prioritize projects for funding.

Serving on a grant review panel for a program like the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grants or the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) can:

  • Bring sustainable agriculture expertise to the review process.
  • Ensure the most critical projects are funded and guarantee the ongoing success of the program.
  • Help you get experience with the federal grants process.

For more information on what it’s like to be a reviewer, and for information on how to sign up as a reviewer for some of NSAC’s priority programs,

check out the new page in our Advocacy Toolkit.

Categories: Grants and Programs

One response to “Want to support sustainable ag? Serve as a federal grant reviewer.”

  1. John Bingham says:

    Which grant(s) will fit with livestock processing, specifically a USDA inspected/licensed Mobile Slaughter Unit cooperative with a fixed meat processing plant, to serve about 30 small family farms?

    I am interested in serving on the grant review for such new initiatives.